11 April – 25 July 2014
An exhibition celebrating Arup’s most significant long-term building project through vintage photography, historical technical drawings, models and newly commissioned film and sculpture.
The exhibition focused on two elements of the Opera House story: the evolution of the roof structure and the completion of the glass walls in collaboration with the architect Peter Hall. The building took nearly 16 years to complete, from Danish architect Jørn Utzon winning the 1957 competition to the opening of the Opera House in 1973.
Historical models of the roof’s shell system were lent by the Utzon Archives at Aalborg University, Denmark. The Sydney Opera House Trust provided the original model of the crane, which was specially designed to lift the roof segments into place. The work of several architectural photographers, who documented the evolution of the building, notable Max Dupain, was also presented.
Watch Building the Impossible, commissioned as part of the ‘Building the Sydney Opera House’ exhibition which took place at Arup’s London office in 2014.